New Kids On The Block Brewfest

By: Katie Schroepfer

shwagAs a part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, I was able to attend the New Kids On The Block Brewfest, a mix of an 80s dance party and a celebration of Colorado breweries that are under two years old. Since new breweries are constantly opening in this wonderful state, it’s hard to recognize all of them. Imbibe, Porch Drinking and Denver Off The Wagon did a great job of putting a list of around 20 breweries together to showcase some of their brew. They really were celebrating the new kids on the block…and it worked, because the event sold out with around 250 people in attendance (even after a glorious day of nonstop snow).


I had the pleasure of enjoying a few beers, not nearly enough beers since there were 5 taps kicking kegs all throughout the night. I was able to enjoy City Star’s Vanilla Bandit, Telluride Brewing’s Face Down Brown, Caution Brewing’s Card Your Mom Saison, and a few others that were extremely delicious.

Colorado is constantly coming out with some phenomenal craft beer Check out the list of the 20 breweries that were involved:


  • Big Choice
  • Bootstrap Brewing
  • Black Bottle Brewery
  • Caution Brewing Co
  • City Star
  • Crooked Stave
  • Elevation Beer Co
  • Fate Brewing Company
  • Gravity Brewing
  • High Hops
  • Hogshead Brewery
  • Lone Tree Brewing Co.
  • Our Mutual Friend
  • Pateros Creek Brewing Co
  • Pikes Peak
  • Prost
  • River North Brewing
  • Telluride Brewing
  • TRVE
  • West Flanders Brewing
  • Wits End
  • Echo Brewing
  • Verboten Brewing


Besides the beer, there was a DJ, a costume contest, and a bunch of 80s-style dancing fools. With 80s music blasting, streamers floating, and balloons popping, it was evident that everyone was having a, you know, gnarly, time.

(photo credits: Imbibe Denver)